Are Your Students Ready For a Challenge? K-12 Game-a-thon Now Open for Submissions (MIND Research Institute)

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Looking for a unique way to engage students in math? Encourage your students to enter this year’s K-12 Game-a-thon challenge. In this national challenge, students will design, build, and share a game that features creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems. Game-a-thon helps students explore math outside of the traditional classroom environment and allows for a whole lot of fun! Whether this …


Bill and Melinda Gates have spent billions on US education — but they are not yet satisfied with the results (Business Insider)

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On Tuesday, Bill and Melinda Gates published their annual letter. In it, the pair answers 10 questions that people often ask them. One question wonders what they “have to show” for the billions the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent on US education in the past decade. “A lot, but not as much as either of us would like,” Bill …


Carroll University receives 5-year, $1M grant to support STEM scholarships (FOX6 Milwaukee)

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Carroll University announced on Tuesday, Feb. 13 that it received a five-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant in support of the Scholarships in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant project, “Carroll University Pro-STEM Initiative: Promoting STEM Retention through Self-Efficacy.” A news release indicates the project will focus on providing financial and academic support to students majoring in STEM …



$1.2 million IU project looks into why women enter STEM careers (Indiana Daily Student)

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A $1.2 million IU project is looking into why women make up such a relatively small percentage of STEM jobs and what has encouraged women into those fields. In 2017, while women made up more than 50 percent of U.S. college-educated workers, only 24 percent of U.S. women were involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, according to the U.S. …


IET teams up with will.i.am to push STEM participation (The Engineer)

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Musician and self-proclaimed futurist will.i.am has appeared at the Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET) to promote his new book and encourage STEM participation. The Black Eyed Peas artist was joined at the book signing event by Brian David Johnson, with whom he co-authored the STEM-themed young adult novel ‘Wizards and Robots’. According to the book’s blurb, it’s ‘an action-adventure …


The Intel Foundation Is Betting It Can Transform Refugees Into Tech Workers (Fast Company)

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The Intel Foundation just gave the International Rescue Committee $1 million to retrain 1,000 German-based refugees for tech jobs. Their plan is to meet the needy where they evacuated with jobs that are actually dependable, and designed around a universal language: code. To do that, the groups have designed a program called Project CORE (Creating Opportunities for Refugee Employment): They’re collaborating to train and …



Trump stands by STEM education spending in fiscal 2019 budget (EdScoop)

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The White House’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal reinforces the funding plan outlined in the President’s Memorandum on STEM education — spend at least $200 million in existing grant money on STEM education per year. The budget, released Monday, also outlines additional support for STEM education in the form of a $20 million grant program for STEM career and technical education programs. “Supporting …


‘State of the State’ speeches underscore focus on computer science education (EdScoop)

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Following a landmark year for state-level computer science education policy and standards, many governors have used their “State of the State” addresses to reaffirm their commitment to improving the quality of computer science education in schools. The governors of at least 14 states took the opportunity to announce various developments around computer science education over the past several weeks, with particular emphases on expanding …


8 Ways To Make Real Progress On Tech’s Diversity Problem (Fast Company)

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On Ayanna Howard’s first day at NASA leading a robotics team, she walked into her office and was greeted by a man who told her, “The secretaries aren’t here. They moved their meeting down the hall. Her response? “Hi, I’m Dr. Ayanna Howard. You’re working for me on this project. Despite her qualifications, Howard, a black woman, couldn’t help but feel deflated …


Web-Based, Interactive Learning Helps Middle Schoolers Excel in Science (T.H.E. Journal)

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Middle schoolers did better with science lessons when they could learn online, watching videos, playing educational games, running virtual experiments and collaborating with classmates. Under-achievers did especially well, with access to pop-up vocabulary definitions, interactive diagrams, digital note-taking, watching videos with captions and access to text-to-speech that allowed them to hear information read aloud to them. That’s what a research …


UT’s private partnerships leave STEM students in dark (The Daily Texan)

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UT make breakthrough discoveries everyday. However, a delicate system of privacy and funding between public universities and the private sector has put transparency of the involvement of private companies under the microscope. To bolster the caliber of scientific research conducted at UT, the university has encouraged private-public partnerships for research. One of the largest research partnerships the university has is …


STEM Scouts, New National Pilot Program Developed by Boy Scouts of America, Launches in Schools Across Northern New Jersey (PRNewswire)

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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest youth development organizations in the United States, has launched STEM Scouts, a highly-innovative afterschool program, into Northern New Jersey by introducing it into three inner-city schools – Spencer Miller Community in Newark, Thomas Edison in Union City and Dr. Charles Defuccio in Jersey City – attracting more than 90 boys …


Curiosity for Viking travel leads to top prize at STEM expo (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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Sometimes, watching television pays off. At least, it did for Sam Hagele, an eighth-grader at the Academy for Technology and the Classics, who took home a first-place trophy at the Santa Fe Public Schools’ Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Expo at the Santa Fe Community College on Saturday. The annual event displays hundreds of science projects from students across the …


ASEE: Transforming Undergraduate Education in Engineering (Inside HigherEd)

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The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) published two new reports as part of its Transforming Undergraduate Education in Engineering project. A previously published report from the society focused on input from industry, while the new reports offer “Insight From Tomorrow’s Engineers” and “Voices on Women’s Participation and Retention,” respectively. The society’s project seeks to advance undergraduate engineering education by building consensus …


A Math Class That Makes Tax Season Easier (The Atlantic)

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As soon as Caitlin Scull started her stopwatch, her classmate began texting. “You want it to be real,” their teacher, Eric Gurule, told Scull and her partner. The student was texting with two hands—which few people do while driving. The girl switched to just her right hand, holding her phone low near her waist as she pantomimed driving a car. …


Real-world problem solving gives Klein high schoolers a taste of STEM careers (Houston Chronicle)

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For high school students across the Houston area, exploring STEM can range from preparing for a one-day innovation competition to attending a school-within-a-school that encourages science and technology careers. For students in Klein ISD’s STEM program, that meant working to solve real-world problems. Using the Harvey-inspired theme “Water Warriors,” the program challenged schools across the district to explore STEM solutions …


National Academy of Engineering Elects 83 Members and 16 Foreign Members (NAE)

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The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 83 new members and 16 foreign members, announced NAE President C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr., today.  This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,293 and the number of foreign members to 262. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors …